Friday, August 14, 2020

Andrew and Weir as Islands

Andrew and Weir as Islands

left to right, off Sand Beach on Deer Isle in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air July 28, 2020
14" x 11" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $500

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John Marin Island Art
in Stonington

When John Marin visited Stonington, Maine on Deer Isle, 1919-1928, he had to ferry across, unlike today with the suspension bridge (1939). Knowing that John Marin likely ate lunch at the small inn by Sand Beach, and familiar with the view of Weirs Island at Sand Beach with the rocks in the foreground, these first two paintings are likely of Weirs Island off Sand Beach.

From Deer Isle, Maine Looking Outward
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor and charcoal on white wove paper
16" x 13" (w x h), 1923
Detroit Institute of Arts Museum

Movement No 23-The Sea and Pertaining Thereto
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor with blotting, wiping, and touches of scraping,
and with black and brown colored pencils,
on moderately thick, moderately textured,
ivory wove paper, 18" x 14" (w x h), 1927
Alfred Stieglitz Collection

The island on the left in my painting, Andrew's Island, is the one that John Marin painted on 96-years ago for his painting below.

Andrew's Island, Stonington, Maine
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor and pencil on heavy white watercolor paper
12" x 9" (w x h), 1924
Detroit Institute of Arts Museum

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